CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – UConn senior Jeff Wight (Coquitlam, British Columbia) scored a power play goal in the second but Boston College answered with a shorthanded score and a power play goal of their own in the period to come away with a 2-1 Hockey East win Tuesday night at Kelley Rink.
The loss drops the Huskies to 3-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in Hockey East while BC picks-up their third-straight win to improve to 4-5-1 overall while moving to 4-1-0 in the league.
After a scoreless first period, UConn’s Wight gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at 5:01 in the second period. The Eagles would tie it at 10:10 on a sophomore Julias Mattila shorthanded goal followed by junior defenseman Michael Kim’s game-winner at 16:34 in the second, coming on the power play.
BC sophomore goaltender Ryan Edquist made 27 saves to earn the win. The Eagles held a 36-28 edge on shots and were 1-for-5 on the power play.
The Huskies finished 1-for-6 on the power play, scoring their first power play goal in five games. Sophomore goaltender Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) stopped 34 shots in the loss, his second highest total on the year.
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The two teams skate to a scoreless first period with BC holding a 12-9 edge on the shot chart. The Huskies had two cracks at a power play but came up empty, without a shot on goal with the extra skater.
The Huskies ended a 0-for-15 streak on the power play when they broke through on their third chance of the night at 5:01. Junior Karl El-Mir (Montreal, Quebec) picked-up the puck from Huska in the Husky zone and carried it the lengthy of the ice, swooping behind the net. El-Mir fed Wight from the right corner who carried into the slot and beat Endquist with a wrist shot for a 1-0 lead.
BC knotted the game at 10:10 with a shorthanded goal and then took the lead at 16:34, scoring on the power play. Freshman Logan Hutsko forced a turnover deep in the UConn zone, picking the puck up off the half boards and feeding Mattila wide open in front to beat Huska stick side for his first goal on the season.
Kim gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead on their third power play chance of the night, taking a feed from junior JD Dudek at the high point and blasting a slap shot through traffic for his first goal on the year.
UConn pressed the action in the third and outshot BC, 11-7 over the final 20 minutes. With the two teams starting the third with players in the box, UConn had a great look at the tying goal in the opening minutes with senior Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn) getting free for a break-away but Edquist made the stop.
The Huskies used their timeout with 1:51 left and pulled Huska for the extra skater but couldn’t come up with the tying goal.
BC improved to 5-1-1 in the all-time series, winning their third-straight and fifth of the last six in the series. They are 3-1-0 against UConn at home. UConn and BC will play twice more this season, Dec. 30 at Kelley Rink and Feb. 2 at the XL Center.
Wight scored his third goal on the season in the loss while El-Mir picked up a point for the first time four games. Huska’s assist was the first of his career and the first by an UConn goaltender since Rob Nichols (2013-17) recorded one in a 4-3 loss at Providence last season.
The Huskies return home this weekend to host a two-game series with Ohio State at the XL Center.